The healthy backlogs that Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft thought they had six months ago apparently haven’t been able to weather the worldwide recession, with both manufacturers separately announcing more layoffs this week. Wichita TV station KAKE is reporting that up to 3,000 employees at the two aircraft makers soon could be on the street.
Hawker Beechcraft Services will become the second major business jet OEM service center to leave California when it closes its Van Nuys Airport facility on March 31. Last year, Cessna Aircraft announced that it is closing its Long Beach service center and moving those operations to a new facility in Mesa, Ariz.
European aerospace firms will have an opportunity to evaluate the potential for manufacturing investments and partnerships in Mexico at the MexicoNow conferences to be held in London and Toulouse. On January 27, the first conference will convene at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel, before the Mexican industry delegation moves on to France for a January 29 conference at the Hotel Sofitel Toulouse Centre.
Six months ago, business aircraft manufacturers were publicly confident that their backlog of new aircraft orders stretching well into the next decade would provide a buffer to ease the industry through what was already flagged as an economic crisis. Today, cancellations and delivery deferrals are eating into those backlogs, and the OEMs are making adjustments that were only being hinted at two months ago.
The recent addition of the Hawker 1000 to Haggan Aviation’s repair station certificate makes the company eligible to work on all Hawker Beechcraft models from the 1A through the 1000.
Haggan Aviation has provided routine and heavy maintenance on Hawkers and Learjets since 1996 and recently delivered its first Hawker 1000 48-month/16-year inspection with a complete interior refurbishment.
Acknowledging the reality of today’s economic situation, aircraft manufacturers Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft have announced workforce reductions and revised delivery schedules. Avionics maker Rockwell Collins has also announced layoffs.
Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft’s chairman and CEO since June 2001, on November 20 announced his intention to retire from the Wichita aircraft manufacturer. “Earlier this month, I began discussing my retirement plans with our board. After nearly eight years as CEO, I feel the time is right,” Schuster said.
Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft’s chairman and CEO since June 2001, announced today that he notified the Wichita aircraft manufacturer’s board of his plans to retire from the company. “Earlier this month, I began discussing my retirement plans with our board. After nearly eight years as CEO, I feel the time is right,” Schuster said.
Despite Hawker Beechcraft announcement earlier this month that it is to lay off 5 percent of its workforce in the face of the global economic slowdown, executives with the U.S. manufacturer here at the MEBA show say the Middle East remains one of the few remaining bright spots for airplane sales. This is why it recently opened a new sales office in Dubai.